Running Like A Boss

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The hardest part about running is not the actual running.

The hardest part about running is in fact the part before you run…the part where you convince yourself to go in the first place.

You can spend a lot of minutes talking yourself out of running, and back into it again.

That mental debate that you have, the “should I” or “shouldn’t I” is what makes running such a big deal.

Somehow though, you find the will to go (hopefully).

And then you face the second hardest part…

the first 10 minutes.

If you force yourself to run the first 10 minutes, you can keep going for miles after that.

In the first 10 minutes, you sort of regret going in the first place.

You say to yourself, “Ugh. My lungs. I can’t even feel air going into them. Am I even breathing right now?”

If you can make it through 10 minutes, it gets easier suddenly.

It is as if your lungs have finally accepted the air that you’ve been trying to suck into them for the last 10 minutes.

Suddenly, running becomes easy.

You can enjoy your Spotify “Running like a Boss” playlist.

You can think about your head on Heidi Klum’s body.

Your feet feel light.

Your breath feels smooth.

Running becomes a flawless movement.

You tell yourself that you will keep doing this.

You can tell yourself that it feels good, and next time you won’t ask “should I?”

You walk in the door, pull out your headphones, and you smile.

You never regret a run.

 

Some Extras:

What To Do on Every Run by FitSugar

5 Ways to Make Running Feel Easier

A Recipe for Vegan Cookie Dough

How To Choose the Right Cardio Plan by LiveStrong

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What’s Your Fitness Type?

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In the midst of my emotional mess a couple weeks ago, I committed to being more intentional about making time to run. I enjoy it, and notice that I am a more well-rounded happy person when I participate in a physical activity of some kind. Though, I’ve noticed that I like to jump in 125%, and then I do that for a couple weeks, then at some point, I get really tired of it all, and I take a day off, which then becomes 3 days off, then, I just stop all together. (Did my previous P90X endeavors just come to mind? Yes. I’m talking about that.) So, this time, I decided not to do that, and instead just make time to run, for the enjoyment of it, and let myself feel good about it, and not decide on some unrealistic goal like “I will run EVERY SINGLE DAY for 5 miles.” Let’s get real. I am a Stay-At-Home-Mom, and there is a very large part of me that would rather sit in peace when free time presents itself. So, on my run yesterday, I started thinking about what kind of fitness person I am, exactly.

Am I self-motivated? A “let’s do this!” type? Nay. I am not. I can be this type of person for about 3 weeks, then something in me starts to get really stabby at the thought of doing it for the rest of my life, and so instead of finding a nice medium, I’m like, “f* this s*, I’m going to drink wine instead.” Which I think is why I need to out loud say “I think I’m going to run” so that my husband can tell me that I should go. I know that if I say it out loud, he’ll make me do it. If I don’t say it, it probably won’t happen. I am twisty.

Am I more goal based? Do I work out until I achieve whatever goal I had in mind? I think if I am honest, I’d say I am not this either, but I’d really like to be. The summer before I got married, I did what I called “Operation Hot Body” with my best friend, and we seriously kicked ass. We’d wake up crazy early and go hiking every single day, and then hiking turned into trail running, and then we added workouts at the gym in the afternoon…we killed it. The goal was to be in great shape on my wedding day. Achieved. Post-baby, I thought I’d be able to get my pre-baby body back. I lost all of the baby weight, but when I realized that my body was never truly going to be the “same” and time was harder to find than I had originally anticipated, I gave up. New goal: get in the best shape I can before I get pregnant again. Though, I’m fighting the voice that says “You are just going to get fat again.”

Am I stagnant? A non-activity person, until it becomes imperative that I do something or I’ll die? I hope not. I think I have to find a balance between motivating myself enough to do good things for myself, and remembering that I have a whole life left to live, and I want to be able to healthfully participate in that.

I’m trying to learn more about the kind of person I am, so that I can have a realistic fitness regiman that I actually enjoy. I’ve been reading about different types of workouts, and ultimately, I think I really just like to run. But, at the end of the day, there are probably other things that I should be doing too. What is your take on fitness? What parts of it do you struggle with?

Some Resources:

The Best Workouts for Your Body Type

27 Simple Ways to Boost Your Metabolism

PopSugar’s Fitness Motivation

A Few P90X Tips

I am on Day 10 of P90X; however, as most of you know, this is my third go around with this workout. I feel like third time is a charm, because I am at a point where I am excited to work out everyday. P90X is tough shit though, and should not be taken lightly. Just last week, I was struggling with basic activities, like sitting on the toilet, and using a fork. That means that changing diapers, and picking up Kinsey every time she gave me puppy eyes and stretched out her cute little hands, was like child labor.

I’ve had a couple fellow Mom’s on twitter ask about the workout, so I thought I’d post a few of my what not/to do tips.

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